9 March 1915 – RFC ready for tomorrow’s offensive

In preparation for the offensive around the village of Neuve Chapelle tomorrow, the RFC has gathered most of its strength in France to assist the Army. A total of seven squadrons plus an additional flight from 9 Squadron, totalling 85 aeroplanes (Plus 18 in reserve at the aircraft park) will be involved. The order of battle is shown.
In addition to this, 1500 copies of a trench map based on the aerial photography carried out by 2 and 3 Squadrons has been produced by the photographic section and distributed to the various army formations. For the first time in its history a British army will go into action with a precise map of the ememy’s defences.


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